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Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Conference Attracts Distinguished Keynote Speaker

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Jennifer Owens
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Nationally Renowned Industry Consultant to Share Expertise at Conference

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced today that Richard Seline, a nationally renowned high-tech industry consultant will serve as a keynote speaker for the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Conference on April 8, 2003 at the Novi Hilton.

The all-day event is designed to provide information, networking and business opportunities for representatives of Michigan’s life sciences industry.

“We are thrilled to have Richard Seline on board to serve as the keynote speaker,” said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO of the MEDC.“His vast expertise and knowledge will be a great asset to the conference.The fact that Michigan can draw such sought after talent shows that the Corridor is a player in the national life sciences arena.”

Seline’s address is entitled “Where in the World is Michigan:Innovation and Competition in the Global Economy.”

Seline is currently the principle and founder of New Economy Strategies, Inc. (NES) in Washington D.C.NES is a strategy and implementation firm focused on regional economic development helping to encourage technology cluster formation and growth. The firm has significant experience in developing life sciences and other high-tech clusters.

Among his other prestigious positions, Seline served as the special assistant for strategic affairs to the president of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.He also served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Economic Development.

“Michigan is the first state that has truly gotten it right in organizing its disparate competitive advantages across regions, across institutions, and across scientific capabilities, said Seline.“The collaborative model of the Corridor proves that mutual interests can work together to compete globally.In the second wave of the so-called BioEconomy, the challenge will be for Michigan to sustain and expand its competitive advantages through innovation and networks with international technological and entrepreneurial opportunities."

Up to 500 people are expected to attend the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Conference, including academics, industry leaders, venture capitalists and economic development specialists.Conference details, program and registration information are available on the MEDC Web site at www.michigan.org/lifesciences.

Seline is the first of many notable speakers expected to address the conference.More speakers and agenda topics will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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